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University of Kansas Case Exposes Koch Campus Strategy

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Seth Shulman

Documents released last month in the settlement of a lawsuit at the University of Kansas offer a revealing window into an underreported Koch brothers' strategy: targeted, politicized funding on college campuses.

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Derrick Crowe

Shell's extraction from ALEC is part of a larger ongoing effort to position the company as concerned about the environment, responsible, and supportive of efforts to mitigate climate change. Don't believe it for a second.

'Green News Report' - August 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic mine spill contaminates waterways across three Southwest states; ...

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Conservative Group Wants To Preserve Freedom Of Choice -- Paper Or Plastic, That Is

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Model legislative language proposed at a recent meeting of a conservative policy group would prevent cities and other local governments from banning ...

Hot Topics At ALEC's 2015 Meeting This Week In San Diego

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Disclosure of electoral spending has widespread support among the public, and it still has support among many Republican state lawmakers. ALEC, it seems, is trying to change that.

ExxonMobil Is Still Spending Millions of Dollars on Climate Science Deniers

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil no longer funds climate change deniers?! Is that right? Technically, perhaps, because practically no one can say with a straight face that global warming isn't happening anymore. Most, if not all, of the people who used to deny the reality of climate change have morphed into climate science deniers.

Scott Walker Begins His Run for the White House, A Report From the Badger State

Mary Bottari | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Scott Walker will announce for president today. After standing for 25 primary and general elections in 25 years, he is poised to take his "divide and conquer" brand of politics to the national stage.

Scott Walker: The First ALEC President?

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Walker was an ALEC member as a state legislator in the 1990s, and the agenda that Walker has championed throughout his long political career has closely tracked the policies promoted by ALEC and its corporate funders, despite public opposition to many of those measures. If Walker is successful in his presidential bid, he would be the first ALEC alum to take the oval office.

ALEC: Paying for Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

Mike Lux | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I know that sounds like a dramatic thing to say, but when more than 100 major corporations find it too embarrassing to be associated with you anymore, you know things have to be pretty bad. And what drives me crazy is that my tax dollars are subsidizing ALEC's corporate lobbying.

Uncovered: Corporate Lobbying Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) tells us about CMD and Common Cause's latest submission to the International Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) functions as a corporate lobbying group, in violation of the tax code for 501(c)(3) charities.

ALEC Losing Clout, Legitimacy amid Ongoing Controversy and Tax Fraud

Yael Bromberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Groups like the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Red Cross come to mind when most of us think about charities. ALEC is something far different, a shadowy operation that brings legislators and corporations together behind closed doors to advance private interests.

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

The Exelon-Pepco Merger & Exelon's History of Anti-Clean Energy Lobbying

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Exelon has a long history of using political influence to oppose the deployment of renewable energy. Exelon’s political operations may impact the co...

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

Hotel Industry Spins Wage Hikes as 'Extreme' While CEOs Rake in Millions

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Hotels are making a killing. Occupancy rates are exceeding pre-recession highs, and are expected to reach record levels in 2016. But the little-known trade association representing this robust $163 billion dollar industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers wages low.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

'Green News Report' - April 7, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Shell Oil returns to the Arctic (buckle up!); ALEC now pretending it ne...

ALEC Climate Change Denial: Attacks on Climate Regulations and Clean Energy Solutions

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean energy policies translate into direct market competition for ALEC's corporate membership in the fossil fuel, coal, and utility industries.

The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Corporate interests that spend hundreds of millions a year on state and federal lobbying have grown accustomed to getting what they want at the federal and state levels, but it is much harder to assert corporate control over America's 22,553 municipal and county governments.

Full Koch Press for ALEC Right-to-Work Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.

Scott Walker Pushes ALEC 'Right to Work' Bill, Divide and Conquer Comes Full Circle

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.